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A Russian diplomat was found dead outside his country’s embassy in Berlin, Germany.

Although the 35-year-old’s body was found on 19 October already, it only became known recently after an investigative report was published.

A local magazine Der Spiegel reported that the man apparently fell from an upper floor of the Russian embassy building in the German capital, though it was unclear why he fell or what the cause of his death was.

While the Russians said he was a second secretary at the Russian embassy since 2019, German security officials believe he was an undercover spy. In more detail, they believe he was an undercover spy for the FSB, Russia’s internal security and counterintelligence service.

The Russian embassy refused to give permission for an autopsy of the dead man. Although he died in Germany, his diplomat status meant that German officials couldn’t override their decision.

Although both countries eventually confirmed that the incident happened after Der Spiegel reported on it, both embassies denied commenting on the matter.

Image credit: The Independent

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